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Recent changes to the unemployment insurance system as a result of the federal stimulus legislation have expanded an important safety net for victims of domestic and sexual violence who lose jobs as a result of the violence against them. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) included several provisions for modernizing state unemployment insurance systems, such as providing access to unemployment insurance benefits to various groups who were not previously covered by state laws, including victims of domestic violence.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) contains a variety of provisions intended to boost economic activity and employment in the United States. Section 1512(e) of the law requires the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to comment on the reports filed by certain recipients of funding under ARRA that detail how many jobs were created or retained through funded activities. This CBO report fulfills that requirement. It also provides CBO's estimates of ARRA's overall impact on employment and economic output in the first quarter of calendar year 2010.

Since the beginning of the recession at the end of 2007, unemployment has increased rapidly, in Pennsylvania as it has elsewhere. While many families suffer as a result of reduced earnings and unemployment, women who head households face significantly higher risks of unemployment than male head households, and are much more likely than men to live in poverty. Single mothers nationally have higher rates of unemployment than other women and men.

Policy action is required to ensure that women and their families are receiving adequate help during the current crisis, and that measures are put in place to help them reach and maintain economic self-sufficiency in the longer run.

Has ARRA worked to offset this growing economic divide in our nation, and offered relief to hard hit communities? Has ARRA worked to promote greater racial and socioeconomic equity in our nation? One year into the imlpementation of ARRA we find mixed results, and offer critical lessons learned from the ARRA experience.

The following report examines the disparate impact of the recession and housing crisis, specifically reviewing the impact of ARRA on relieving this unfolding crisis in hardest-hit communities. The report also pulls from the expertise and experience of equity advocates in the broader social justice field, offering reflections from the field by those working directly to produce more equitable outcomes in our response to the economic crisis.

The Massachusetts economy has been severely impacted by the recession, and many women in Massachusetts have faced considerable economic stresses in this downturn. This brief focuses on three strong interrelated economic impacts--employment effects, financial sector implications, and the impact on state and local government spending-- by considering how women and men in the Commonwealth have fared since the onset of the recession. 

The following analysis addresses each type of impact and then considers the economic security and resource implications of the combined effect of the impacts for women and their families in Massachusetts.  

Community Voices on the Economy -- a joint project of the Ms. Foundation for Women and the Center for Community Change (CCC) -- aims to to help social change organizations understand how low-income communities are faring in the current economic crisis and how these communities view potential solutions. The project includes a particular focus on communities of color, and especially women in those communities. This particular study provides survey results from communities, particularly those of color, who are hurt by the economic downturn and continue to worry about their future.  

The Great Recession was widely proclaimed to be a "mancession" because more than two out of three of the jobs lost during the downturn were jobs held by men. Yet the recession had a significant impact on women and their families as well. The Great Recession was the first in recent history in which women experienced substantial job loss. Women supporting families without the help of a spouse were hit particularly hard.

This report provides an updated look at the employment situation of working mothers with children under 18 years old, and examines the impact of the recession on their participation in the labor market using unpublished data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Council of Economic Advisors developed a multifaceted analysis indicating that the Recovery Act (ARRA) has played an essential role in changing the trajectory of the economy. It has raised the level of GDP substantially in its first full year of existence and has saved or created between 2.2 and 2.3 million jobs as of the first quarter of 2010. The tax relief and income support provisions of the ARRA alone account for roughly half of the beneficial employment effects.